Our original schedule for Ecuador had been of 14 days, however, as usual we ended up over staying, so that in the end we spent 24 days in the country. We would have left a day sooner, but the border had been closed between Ecuador – Peru on the one day we decided to leave.
As a note, the below budget does not include our time in the Galapagos Islands. We decided early on to budget for the Galapagos separately as the prices would be so much higher than on mainland Ecuador, and by keeping things separate we could control our 2 budgets with more ease. View our Galapagos Island budget page for more information on costs and time spent there.
Below you will find the places we visited, where we stayed and how much we spent during our time in Ecuador.
Places of interest we visited:
- Mitad del Mundo – the Ecuator line
- Climbing Cotopaxi volcano
- Quilotoa crater lake
- Alausi and the Devil’s Nose train
- Puerto Lopez – the whale watching
Accommodations we stayed in:
Here is a summary of where we stayed in Ecuador, how long for and a rating based on 3 key criteria for us; cleanliness of rooms/bathroom, location to amenities and value for money based on the town’s/city’s price range. All of our accommodations were on a private room basis and not dorms.
The ratings below are 1 – 5, with 1 being awful and 5 being fantastic:
|Banos||Hostel Plantas y Blanco||1||4||3||2|
|Hostel Santa Cruz||1||4||3||3|
|Alausi||Hostel La Posada del Tren||1||4||4||4|
|Cuenca||Hostel El Monastario||5||4||5||4|
|Guayaquil||Hostel Funky Monkey||1||3||3||3|
|Puerto Lopez||Hostel Plaza Real||3||4||4||5|
Breakdown of our costs in Ecuador:
Due to the extra night’s accommodation and extra 2 days in the bus terminal, we ended up going slightly over budget and spent £1,044 for both of us. However we did manage to stretch our original budget to almost cater for 10 more days. The costs include accommodation, food, transport and attractions. For a full breakdown of our costs see below:
|Type of Expense||Total (GBP)||Daily Ave. (GBP)|
|Food (inc eating out)||306||12|
|Other (souvenirs, toiletries, etc)||82||3|
For photos of our time in Ecuador take a look at our Ecuador Gallery page.